Fourth of July 2016: Where to Watch Fireworks in N.Y.

12:41 PM 7/1/2016

by Meena Jang

Brooklyn Bridge Park and South Street Seaport are among the places locals can visit for live music and pyrotechnics displays.

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  • Brooklyn Bridge Park

    New Yorkers can expect Macy's annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular to be even more grand this year. As the event celebrates its 40th anniversary, locals can catch views of the pyrotechnics show near Pearl St. and Frankfront St. and Furman St. and Old Fulton St. (ADA-accessible), according to Macy's viewing guide.

  • Alice Austen Park

    The Staten Island Philharmonic will perform "American Salute" for a July 4 celebration beginning 6 p.m ET and ending at 11 p.m. The free performance will be followed by a viewing of fireworks lighting up the sky across the city.

  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade

    The promenade's front-row view of the East River make it a prime spot to view Macy's 25-minute fireworks show. Festivities kick off at 8 p.m. ET and include performances from Meghan Trainor, Pitbull, Kenny Chesney and 5 Seconds of Summer.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

    The historic park will host a Fourth of July Family Fireworks Celebration event (5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET) with a viewing of Macy's annual pyrotechnics show. SouthPoint Park, also located nearby in Roosevelt Island, will similarly hold its own viewing equipped with food trucks and live music.

  • South Street Seaport

    Music lovers can flock to the Seaport District where an eclectic roster of bands will be performing at the annual two-day Festival of Independence, hosted in partnership with Noisey.

    On July 3, independent artists Wild Nothing, Porches, Yumi Zouma and Public Access T.V. will take the stage on Fulton Street from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. July 4 performers include Lee Fields and The Expressions, D.R.A.M, Phony PPL, MeLo-X and Jonathan Toubin DJ set (additional artists will also perform at the Peck Slip Stage, located nearby).

    Two barges located just off of Pier 17 will serve as a viewing area for Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show.